It’s all about ‘Baahubali’ these days – amongst the ‘popcorn munching’ film buffs, cinema fraternity- endlessly reviewed and Q/A’ed on main stream and social media. And as we watch the movie in awe and gasp at the amazing spectacle it is, it turns out to be the country’s most pricey film ever built, raking over Rs 300 crore in just nine days -a ‘Baahubalic’ number for any Indian movie! It is touted to be a game changer and the Indian film industry’s answer to breath-taking Hollywood movies like the 300 series.

A period story, Baahubali, in a nutshell, is the story of two brothers fighting over a mythical kingdom. If you retrospect a little, go beyond the impressive visuals, incredible casts and astounding drama, you will find that the blockbuster movie offers some valuable insights on how to face up the realities of the business world: leadership, effective strategies in testing circumstances, employee motivation, competitor analysis and much more.Can ‘Baahubali’ make one a ‘Mahabali’? By The Startups shares some of the insightful lessons every Startup Entrepreneur can aspire to learn from the most happening movie of the year. .

Lesson 1: Making optimal use of the resources

The Mahismathi kingdom is cognizant of the fact that it has only one-fourth of army reserves compared to the colossal Kalakeya’s army. The disparity in resources, however, does not stop Mahismathi from facing their opponent head-on.

Lesson learnt : Making the best use of the resources available is one of the major challenges confronted by organizations today. In any business, for that matter, it is not about the size of the resource pool, but what you do to make optimal use of the competences of the workforce. As a startup entrepreneur or business leader, the best tool or resources may not always be within your reach. The most advanced resources are no match for determination, tenacity and resilience, which are the quintessential components for the success of your business.

Lesson 2: Innovation is the key

While Bhalladeva is bestowed with powerful weapons, Baahubali has to wage a brutal war, sans state-of-the-art weapons and equipment. This, however, in no way demoralizes the latter. Innovation always trumps invention. The dire situation stifles innovation as Baahubali makes use of oiled clothes to annihilate his opponents by fire. In doing so, he not only finds a way out to keep enemies at bay, but also rescues his soldiers, the invaluable resources he has at hand.

Lesson learnt : In business, innovation is the key to success. Struggle and crisis open up radically new opportunities hitherto missing. When you compete in innovative ways, you conceive new ways to knock down competition and come up trumps. When you think out of the box, you can always find new means to make use of the available resources and put them to good effect.

Lesson 3: Staying a step ahead

As soon as Rajmata gets to know that the military secrets of her kingdom are compromised, she directs her sons to catch hold of the spy. Baahubali and Bhalladeva gather vital information from the spy and then brace themselves for the battle to come,with the strategic advantage of knowing that their enemy is a step behind them.

Lesson learnt : In today’s business world, staying ahead of your competitors as well as understanding your target audience is what will help you accelerate your climb up the corporate ladder. Employees and business leaders alike must stay vigilant and always think a step ahead of their competitors, if they want to stay alive in the scheme of things.

Lesson 4: Clear goals breed good strategies

The leaders of Mahismathi have one well-charted out plan – to oust Kalakeya before he can come up with his own strategy. This gives the leaders to effectively map out strategies to win war over their nemesis. Their strategic planning revolves around all possible means to make a foray into the enemy camp, deploying the available resources and effectively sharing them between the two Princes. Backed up with a sound game plan, they make their way into the battle field.

Lesson learnt : Likewise, in the game of business, to move forward you not only require effective strategies but a very set goal; and all the more important that you make your employees understand your goals. Studies show that organizations that set lucid goals gel well as one cohesive unit. Further, when the organization’s leaders comprehend your goals, they can make rational decisions and a draw up a set of pragmatic strategies to realize it.

Lesson 5: Ethics – The power of doing things right

Both Bhalladeva and Baahubali have a clear goal – rack up ‘victory points’. When Kalakeya brings in the captured civilians between his soldiers and the Mahismathi’s army, Bhalladeva, focussed on killing the opponent, rides his chariot through the path and in the process kills civilians, with blades mounted on each sideof the chariot. However, Baahubali exercises caution to protect the civilians before reaching the enemy lines. While Bhalladeva is bent on getting things done, Baahubali attempts to make things just and right.

Lesson learnt : In the end, Baahubali ascends to the throne even though it is Bhalladeva who slays the king of Kalakeya. This is because he places utmost importance on protecting his people and defending their rights even when they are in the middle of the war. Mark the reason, as we paraphrase “While, killing hundreds of people make him a soldier, it is saving one that makes him God.”

Doing business ethically should not be a luxury, but a way of life. Any organization sticking to an accountable and fair way of conducting business is bound to attract attention – customers, partners and investors. A company with integrity will bring in zealous employees and make them work exemplarily for the success of the organization, punctuated by credibility and loyalty within the organization as well as with its stakeholders.

Lesson 6: Inspiring, persuading and motivating at all times

When Kattapa’s army troop is invaded, the Mahismati soldiers,sensing failure, lose their morale and attempt to run away from the battle field. However, being the great leader he is, Baahubali, persuades and inspires his unit at the right time, imparting valuable advice and communicating with them as the need arises. His inspirational brilliance helps the army go ahead and notch resounding victory.

Lesson learnt : Employees need motivation at the time of crisis. Their morale needs to be charged up time and again. It is the duty of every business leader to cheer up, super charge and reassure the employees when required. Only businesses that are duly sensitive to the needs of the employees can thrive and prosper under trying conditions.

Lesson 7: Traits of an effective leader

Whether it is making the best use of resources available at disposal, rescuing his people who were seized by the enemy, spurring his army into action when the chips are down or being the indomitable defender of his kingdom, Baahubali, at every instance, shows us that he is the perfect leader all through. While Bhalladeva is supercilious, Baahubali displays great poise and assurance and that’s what makes him a great ruler.

Lesson learnt : The truth is, it’s not only organizations but also employees who look for qualities akin to those of Baahubali. Honesty, openness in decision making, being conscientious, ability to empathise with employees, strategic planning and always taking the full picture into consideration while looking into minutiae are innate traits of an effective leader.

A word of advice from By The Startups Team:

If you haven’t watched Baahubali yet, try to catch it up at the theatres; it’s a fab movie breaking the chart busters. While you are at it, why not make a note of these lessons and see how well they are adopted in the war epic. Do that and did we say that your business is bound to do well? Oh Yeah in the same epic proportions as the producers of Baahubali!